To pretend that our histories are absolute or inerrant is a mistake, but to ignore the power of our fallible traditions to inform, enrich, criticize, and transform the present is a grave mistake, too. In fact, we are historically formed. . . .
To live today - knowledgeably, reflectively, self-critically - bringing into our time the redemptive resources of biblical reflection and practice
is to be a progressive Christian.
~Delwin Brown

What’s Love Got to Do With It? – A Sermon

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It was Youth Sunday, August 22, 2010 when I preached this sermon at First United Methodist of Wichita Falls, Texas. Although I was not the youth director, the youth director had asked permission for me to preach on that Sunday. As it turned out, our Senior Pastor was going to be gone, so it worked out well.

This sermon uses two passages of Scripture for inspiration:

  • Mark 8:34-35 – 34 Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.
  • 1 John 4:16-21 – 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 21 The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.


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